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The Poet as Phenomenologist: Rilke and the New Poems opens up new perspectives on the relation between Rilkes poetry and phenomenological philosophy, illustrating the ways in which poetry can offer an exceptional response to the philosophical problem of dualism. Drawing on the work of Husserl, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty, Luke Fischer makes a new contribution to the tradition of phenomenological poetics and expands the debate among Germanists concerning the phenomenological status of Rilkes poetry, which has been severely limited to comparisons of Rilke and Husserl.Fischer explicates an implicit phenomenology of perception in Rilkes writings from his middle period (1902-1910). He argues that Rilke cultivated an artistic perception that, in a philosophically significant manner, overcomes the opposition between the sensuous and the intelligible while simultaneously transcending the boundaries of philosophy. Fischer offers novel interpretations of central poems from Rilkes Neue Gedichte (1907) and Der neuen Gedichte anderer Teil (1908) and frames them as the ultimate articulation of Rilkes non-dualistic vision. He thus demonstrates the continuity between Rilke and phenomenology while arguing that poetry, in this case, provides the most adequate response to a philosophical problem.

This thick volume's appeal will be limited to two small but intellectually impassioned audiences: scholars of the interrelations of philosophy and poetry in general and those specifically interested in Rilke as a philosophical poet in the tradition of HölderlinFischer's command of the vast secondary literature of his chosen fields is remarkable.The author does a good job reminding readers of what has been covered as the text moves alongA remarkable effort of great erudition and insight, this book will find a place in the field of phenomenology of literary aesthetics as well as Rilke studies. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers. --M. McCulloh, Davidson College, CHOICEFischer, as a poet himself, comes into his own when he writes about [Rilke's] poems ... [A] fresh reading of Rilke as a poet who evokes the world we are in and belong to, rather than are alienated from and trying to escape. --Times Literary SupplementWhile the New Poems have already been the subject of much critical inquiry and commentary, Fischer makes the case for reading them freshly.This is a cogent and enlightening volume that brings a new, systematic and thoughtful set of perspectives to the understanding of Rilkes New Poems. Cordite Poetry Review (reviewed by Paul Hetherington, University of Canberra, Australia)Like Hölderlin, Rainer Maria Rilke has long been viewed as a philosophical poet and has, therefore, held a special fascination for philosophers. Luke Fischers book is situated in this context. It examines Rilkes relation to phenomenology, and is chiefly concerned with Rilkes significance for an overcoming of dualism, especially in the period of the New Poems. With this book Fischer has made a substantial contribution both to Rilke scholarship and to phenomenological research. Christoph Jamme, Professor of Philosophy, Leuphana University Lüneburg, GermanyLuke Fischer focuses on Rilkes diligence and devotion to seeing phenomena as suffused with meaning and to embodying this seeing in enabling words. He traces the development of Rilkes poetic practice to his encounters with Cézanne, Rodin, and Jakob von Uexkülls Umwelt theory, and in close readings he elucidates the disclosive powers of some of the major poems in Rilkes Neue Gedichte. The result is a compelling demonstration of the ability of Rilkes poetic art to capture meanings in the world in a way that recovers an understanding of distinctively human attentive being within nature. This is vital work for anyone concerned with poetry and the fate of the human. --Richard Eldridge, Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy, Swarthmore College, USA

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  • PDF | 352 pages
  • Luke Fischer(Author)
  • Bloomsbury Academic; Reprint edition (8 Sept. 2016)
  • English
  • 5
  • Poetry, Drama & Criticism

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